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Decorator Bottle-purple Cylinder Whiskey Bottle-john Burke-new York City-1890s For Sale
DECORATOR BOTTLE-Purple Cylinder Whiskey Bottle-John Burke-New York City-1890-1900
Antique bottles are very popular,unique home decorations now days,as featured in several national magazine articles!Offered is a selection consisting of one nice looking vintage Whiskey bottle , being a round form, dating between 1890 and 1900.The bottle is Hand Blown In Mold(BIM)with cork top finish.The lot includes:
1)—A great looking,11 5/8"tall,3 1/2"diameter,whiskey cylinder bottle,having a slight ladys leg neck,square collared lip.Embossed around base is”John Burke & Co.-New York City”.
The bottle has been dug and retains ground hazing,no damage unless noted.
Great authentic decorations for the home or office!!One of the pictures shows a decorating idea!
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The Story Behind The Purple Glass
The beautiful amethyst or lavender color of this glass is a result of a curious chemical reaction among certain compounds used in the manufacture of glass.The natural color resulting from the basic ingredients of glass,sand,soda,and lime,is varying shades of aqua,or green.Merchants of the mid 19th recognized the value of being able to display their products in clear glass vessels,so a compound,called manganese,was added to batches of raw glass at the factories,the result being the finished product of a crystal clear container!!. A side effect of the clarified glass with manganese is the ability to change into a brilliant dark amethyst when exposed to ultra violet rays over a period of time.Most of the manganese used in glass factories came from Germany,WW1 broke out in 1914, it became much harder to obtain manganese. Other oxide decolorizers were then used instead, so most bottles made after 1918 or so don’t turn amethyst.This bottle has been purpled by a process called “irradiation”, which is a safe and permanent process which does the same thing as many years of exposure to natural sunlight, except much faster.Those of you who live in high sun areas,such as the Western American Desert,may have noticed dark purple shards around old ghost towns,or house sites.Compare these bottles to the shards and you will see an identical result.Real Desert Glass is hard,if not impossible to find anymore,we offer these items as additions for the collector and lover of purple glass!!!.(the last picture shows some bottles found in the desert for comparison,some are darker than the ones offered here!)
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Decorator Bottle-purple Cylinder Whiskey Bottle-john Burke-new York City-1890s: $21